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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
If IBM does acquire SUN, and the rumors on the street suggest that it will, what will IBM do about Solaris?
IBM will acquire a very skilled set of world-class experts in operating systems design and implementation. When joined with IBM’s existing AIX team, these folks will be by far the best such team in the world. They will also have access to IBM’s own Linux Technology Center (LTC), with its hundreds of expert Linux developers.
What will IBM do? Let’s look at some of the options.
1. Keep them working on Solaris. This is unlikely, since Solaris at best will maintain a slowly declining market share, and at worst will fade into oblivion once Linux passes it by, as it inevitably will. Some would say it already has, and the only reason Solaris still lumbers along is the base of existing Sun clients, but that is a subject for another day. It is worth noting that only a handful of outside contributors have joined Sun’s Open Solaris effort, even though the project has been around for at least two years.